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Austintown Bounce hosts event with Santa

Austintown Bounce will be hosting an Evening with Santa from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 16. Santa will be arriving at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 and includes unlimited play on bounces, popcorn and a small fountain drink. There will be a snow globe along with other games and fun prizes. The concession stand will be open with $1 menu items. Bring a camera and make sure to get a picture with Santa.

Overeaters Anonymous to have local meetings

Overeaters Anonymous is offering meetings at several local locations and on a variety of days. On Saturdays at 10 a.m., there will be a meeting at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in the Church Hall, Room 2, located at 4453 Warren-Sharon Road in Vienna, Ohio. This location is handicapped accessible. On Sundays at 7 p.m., there will be a meeting at Shenango Presbyterian Church, located at 3144 Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle, Pa. This location is handicapped accessible. On Mondays, a meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Girard Multigenerational Center, located at 443 Trumbull Avenue in Girard. This location is handicapped accessible. On Wednesdays, a meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Care - Northside Medical Center in the Medical Education Building, auditorium A, located at 500 Gypsy Lane in Youngstown. This location is handicapped accessible. On Thursdays at 6 p.m., a meeting will take place in Faith Chapel Fellowship Church, located at 511 E. Pershing St. in Salem, while at 7:30 p.m. a meeting will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, located at 1181 Churchill-Hubbard Road in Youngstown. Both of these locations are handicapped accessible. For more information on OA or meetings, go to www.oa.org or call one of the following Help Hotlines: Mahoning or Trumbull Counties - 330-747-2696; Columbiana County - 330-424-7767; Lawrence County - 724-674-3697.

Harry Potter fun at Barnes and Noble

The Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) and the Junior Friends of PLYMC will host a Harry Potter-themed Holiday Gift Wrapping fundraiser at Barnes and Noble in Boardman from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Dec. 9. Join the fun; wear a favorite Harry Potter t-shirt or costume when you visit. PLYMC Friends and Junior Friends will gift wrap for donations. Additionally, if customers mention at Barnes and Noble that they would like to help the Friends of PLYMC, a percentage of their purchase will go to the Friends. Support your library, have a gift or two wrapped and join in the Harry Potter fun.

Friendly Squares to host holiday dance

The Niles Friendly Squares will host their Christmas dance on Dec. 10, at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Gene Hammond and Neil Harner will be the callers. Dress is casual. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for both new dancers currently taking lessons and for more experienced dancers. Admission is $6 per person and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

Learn Contra Dance and make new friends on Dec. 10

The Western Reserve Contra Dance will take place from 7-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Dublin Grange Hall, located at 6571 Fairground Blvd. in Canfield. See http://www.westernreservecontradance.com for more information. The “contra” is a New England social dance, with ever-changing partners and live traditional music by the band “One String Short.” A caller will teach each dance and guide the dancers. Dress is casual, beginners and all ages are welcome, partners are not required and new friends will be made. Admission is $8 and light refreshments will be served. The Grange Hall is located just off 224, behind the CVS pharmacy.

GA to meet twice this week

Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting is offered every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another is offered every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (in Cornersburg). Both meetings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and last about 1-1/2 hours. Those who believe gambling has affected any part of their lives are urged to attend. For more information, call the local Gamblers Anonymous hotline at 330-505-5060.

Auditions for Victorian Players

The Victorian Players recentky announced auditions for two one-acts scheduled for Feb. 3-12. The first is “Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist,” by Carolyn Gage. A highly academic psychoanalyst takes the famed Harriet Tubman to task for her heroic behavior. Two African-American women are needed, ages 20-35 years-old. The second is “Mason-Dixon,” by Carolyn Gage. A former slave-owner seeks her former slave’s help in spying on Jefferson Davis. This act is based on a true story. Two women are needed; one white woman and one African-American woman, ages 45-65 years-old. Prepare a two-minute monologue of your choice. Expect also to be asked to read from the script. These auditions will take place at the Victorian Players Theater, located at 702 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown, on Dec. 13 from 4-7 p.m. and Dec. 14 from 4-7 p.m. For more information, call the director, Dr. Lundeana Thomas, at 502-210-1252.

Third annual Polar Run set for Dec. 16

Three years ago, two students organized the Polar Run at Austintown Fitch High School to benefit ALS research, inspired by the reading of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie.” This year, another student group, led by senior Kylie Vestal, is organizing the run/walk to benefit local veterans. In addition to the run/walk, the night will begin with a tribute lap for veterans and/or their family members, as well as for active service members. The Polar Run will take place on Dec. 16 with registration beginning at 5 p.m. and the event beginning at 6 p.m. Participants can register the night of the event, but to ensure receipt of a shirt, advance registration is recommended by Dec. 1. The registration form and more information can be found at www.austintownschools.org in the “District News” section and the Fitch “School News” section.

Free pancake, sausage and egg breakfast

There will be a free breakfast on Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Smith Corners United Methodist Church at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Rd. in Austintown. Donations are accepted and proceeds will go to World Service Projects.

Supper at the corner

This supper is free as a community outreach of the church and open to all each month. This will take place on Dec. 15 from 4:30-6 p.m at the Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown. Donations will be accepted to continue this program.

Dairy Queen holiday events

Dairy Queen will be hosting its annual Christmas events on Dec. 10 in Austintown DQ, located at 146 N. Canfield Niles Road, and Dec. 16 at the Cornersburg DQ, located at 3555 S. Meridian Road. Santa Arrives by Firetruck at 5 p.m. He is bringing his best behaved reindeer with him. You get to pet the reindeer. Free 4x6 pictures with Santa and Curly the Cone will be provided and Santa has treats for all. The stores will be decorated for the holidays. They will be roasting chestnuts on an open fire. Come and try one for free. There will be an outdoor fire with hot dogs, marshmallows and hot chocolate. Enjoy dinner at the DQ and make a fun family night of it. You can also decorate a DQ cupcake with red and green sprinkles, candy, icing and gel.

Pre-Kindergarten story time

This program is for 4 and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. They will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten at the Austintown library every Wednesday in December at 11:30 a.m.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play. You’ll read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten at the Austintown library on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. This event is for children ages 2-6.

Bonding with babies and books

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Austintown library every Tuesday in December at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in December at 10 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Elf on the bookshelf

During the month of December, visit the Austintown library during library hours in December to see all the places and mischief the Elf on the Shelf is getting into. Look for the Elf on the Shelf photos on the library’s Facebook page and Instagram and add some of your own. This program is for the family.

Gotta move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday in December at 10 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.

Grab and go craft for December

Make a craft to take home at the Austintown library during library hours in December. This event is for children of all ages.

Read to Reese

Come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners at the Austintown library on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required. Space is limited, so register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This event is for school-age children.

Gift-wrapped books

You can’t judge a book by its cover when it’s wrapped up like a present. Choose a book by a few key words, check it out at the Austintown library during library hours in December, take it home, unwrap and enjoy. Relax during the holiday season with a good book. You might discover a new favorite author. This is for teens and adults.

Wrap it up

Get some suggestions for wrapping up your holiday gifts and make a few items to take home at the Austintown library on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Feel free to bring your own ideas to share. This is for teens and adults.

Holiday movie matinee

Join the Austintown library for a Christmas Holiday Movie Matinee on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy the movie. Children ages 7 and younger must be with an adult. The movie will be rated PG or G.

Basic Microsoft Excel class

Learn the basics of Microsoft Office Excel at the Austintown library on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. This is a beginner’s class, but basic computer skills are required. Space is limited, so call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

Uploading digital pictures

Learn to upload your pictures onto different internet sites to share with family and friends, as well as how to send them in emails at the Austintown library on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Knowledge of computers and internet required. This class is for adults.

Chapter Chat book club

Love books? Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club where you will be reading and discussing a book together every month at the Austintown library on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. Each month will be a new genre. Call the Austintown library at 330-744-8636 to find out this month’s exciting read.

Page Turners book club

Love books? Looking for a good read? Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun at the Austintown library on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. This event is for adults.

Tea and Mystery book club

Join the library to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find at the Austintown library on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Coupon swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in during library hours at the Austintown library to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Guess the holiday book

Can you guess the holiday book title from cut up pages in a jar? One winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries at the Austintown library.

Socrates Philosophy group

If you love philosophy and want to discuss philosophical topics, join the Austintown library for Socrates Cafe` Philosophy Group on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. This is open to the public, and is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. For more information, contact the development office at 330-740-6086.

Holiday library closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 24, 25, 26 and 31 as well as Jan. 1 and 2.

Celebrate Short Fiction Day

Space is still available for area fiction writers who want to be part of the upcoming “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day. The annual literary event is scheduled for Dec. 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Courtyard Square, located at 645 E. State Street in Salem. The public event, now in its third year, provides local writers with the opportunity to share their work with area fans, participants and other authors able to sell their own books during the event. A limited number of spaces at $10 each are available for those authors who aren’t reading but would like to make their books available for sale. Sellers must bring their own tables — no larger than 6 feet. Space reservations are required and must be paid in advance. To reserve a space or for more info, contact Courtyard Square at 804-513-8027 or lisacahill@mac.com. Checks are to be made out to CI Ohio LTD and authors will be responsible for their own sales. More information is available online at http://tinyurl.com/CSFDay2016.

Carlozzi annual funds drive

Carlozzi Financial Services is again helping local families in need this holiday season. The public is invited to join Carlozzi Financial Services and their clients to give a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. Monetary donations can be mailed to Carlozzi Financial Services, 831 Southwestern Run, Suite 1, Poland. For information, visit www.CarlozziFinancialServices.com. Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 10.4 million pounds of food in 2015 in the tri-county area. Last year, Carlozzi Financial Services collected $1,225 in monetary donations. Mark Carlozzi is hoping that this year will be even greater.

Celebrate Short Fiction Day

Space is still available for area fiction writers who want to be part of the upcoming “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day. The annual literary event is scheduled for Dec. 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Courtyard Square, located at 645 E. State Street in Salem. The public event, now in its third year, provides local writers with the opportunity to share their work with area fans, participants and other authors able to sell their own books during the event. A limited number of spaces at $10 each are available for those authors who aren’t reading but would like to make their books available for sale. Sellers must bring their own tables — no larger than 6 feet. Space reservations are required and must be paid in advance. To reserve a space or for more info, contact Courtyard Square at 804-513-8027 or lisacahill@mac.com. Checks are to be made out to CI Ohio LTD and authors will be responsible for their own sales. More information is available online at http://tinyurl.com/CSFDay2016.

GA to meet

Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting takes place every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another takes place every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (in Cornersburg). Both meetings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and last about 1-1/2 hours. Those who believe gambling has affected any part of their lives are urged to attend.

Get one-on-one assistance from library

Would you like a personal introduction to resources available at the library? Need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in? Book-a-Librarian sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A library staff member will give undivided attention to customers who want in-depth help with a wide variety of library services, such as: learning to use a computer, email, the Internet, downloading e-books and audiobooks, researching a topic, discovering new books and authors to read and enjoy, business, non-profit or Genealogy help. To schedule an appointment, visit any library, call 330-744-8636 or go online at www.LibraryVisit.org/Book-a-Librarian. This is for teens and adults.

America’s Schoolmaster exhibit

The Early Days of William Holmes McGuffey will be on display in the Melnick Museum at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Learn more about the early days of McGuffey and his boyhood homestead, located in Coitsville and now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve. The exhibit will be open though January 2017.

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